Thursday, May 31, 2007

Indonesian Bamie

1 package (8 oz.) vermicelli, broken in half
Boiling salted water
5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
½ tsp. crushed red pepper
1 flank steak (about 1 lb.), cut across the grain into 1/8-inch-thick slices
½ pound medium-sized raw shrimp, shelled, deveined
2 green onions (including tops), cut diagonally into ½-inch slices
2 cups coarsely shredded green cabbage
1 cup each sliced (about ¼ inch thick) leeks and celery
¼ cup soy sauce

Following package directions, cook vermicelli in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Set aside.

Place a wok or wide frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. When oil begins to heat, add garlic and pepper and stir once. Add steak and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add shrimp and stir-fry until shrimp are opaque and steak is browned but still pink inside (about 30 seconds). Remove from pan.

Pour 2 more tablespoons oil into pan; add onions, cabbage, leeks, and celery. Stir-fry vegetables until tender-crisp (about 1½ minutes). Add cooked vermicelli, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and soy sauce; stir-fry for 1 minute.

Return meat/shrimp mixture to pan and continue stir-frying until almost all liquid has evaporated.

Makes 4-6 servings

Note: Angel hair pasta may be used instead of vermicelli. Steak might also taste good if it’s been grilled instead of stir-fried. Be sure not to over-cook either the steak or shrimp. Bean sprouts and/or broccoli might be a nice addition.

Recipe from Sunset Quick Meals with Fresh Foods

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At 7:43 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Gah! That looks delicious! My mouth is watering. Will have to make this soon.

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Les said...

Heather - This is one that can be easily adapted to personal tastes. I think chicken tenders might be even better than steak (which is so easily overcooked, resulting in a tough, chewy biteful if not careful!).

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Kristen said...

Another great looking meal. Can I come live with you??

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Andi said...

Mmm, looks yummy. I could definitely play with this one for a South Beachy alternative.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Les said...

Kristen - LOL!

Andi - It's certainly a healthy dish. You could probably use those whole wheat noodles, if you want to be super good. ;)


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